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International Spy Museum

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800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1505
+1 202-393-7798
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Opened in 2002, the International Spy Museum provides interactive exhibits and contains the most extensive collection of spy artifacts ever displayed.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1505
Downtown / Chinatown
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Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

The Spy museum is a fun with the theme of you assuming a fake identity and carrying through a mission. You will see many spy gadgets used throughout history and test out your spy skills on several games. If you are a James Bond fan,...More

Thank angie O
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

Thanks for sharing your intel! I assume you were able to successfully live your cover since you survived to write this review. Congrats, Agent! I hope you'll join us for another 'Bond moment' next time you're in DC. Meredith Richard Guest Services Operative guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org 202...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2016

Really thought most of that stuff was just in Bond movies :(. Amazing how sophisticated and rampant the spy business is! Nice way to spend a couple of hours.More

Thank 1sandlover
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

I'm glad you enjoyed learning about "the secret history of history" with us! AS you mentioned, spies have influenced world affairs for centuries and continue to do so today. We hope you'll spy on us again soon! Meredith Richard Guest Services Operative guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org 202 383...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2016

Not bad for a throw-in place to visit while you are in DC if the weather is not up to par. May be geared to more of a younger set. I was curious to see it, having served in intelligence years ago, so maybe my...More

Thank CHAMBER511
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed spying on us! We have one of the world's largest collections of spy artifacts on display to the public. Our goal as a museum is to educate guests about espionage in a unique and hands-on way. As...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2016

Visited with our 2 boys, age 9 & 11. After visiting the Monuments and Smithsonian museums, it was nice for the boys to do something more interactive and hands on. The museum is a lot bigger than we realized though, so did not allot enough...More

Thank Emerson N
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

I'm so glad you enjoyed spying on us! As you mentioned, we make it our mission to bring the world of espionage to life for guests of all ages. We generally recommend at least 2 hours in order to see the full exhibit space. However,...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

I think we paid about twenty per person. There's a big exhibit on the bond films which was cool and so were all the gadgets. Well done overall. Teenagers would probably love the interactive stuff.More

Thank Ahahn063
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

Thanks for sharing your intel! We make it our mission to educate guests about espionage in a unique and interactive way. Since we don't receive government funding, we have to charge admission in order to maintain our exhibits. I hope you'll spy on us again...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

We wanted an interactive activity while in DC, this was a good option. The spy museum is neat, but the 1hour spy activity was fun and a bit cheesy for older teens. It was a little on the goofy side, but it was entertaining and...More

Thank Rachel B
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

I'm glad your mission was in a success in the end! Our goal is to bring the world of espionage to life for our guests. I regret that there was confusion re: your print at home tickets. We strive to ensure that we send each...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2016

After coming in and paying we were confused to enter into what seemed like a game, "choose a persona and enter the briefing room". This seemed extremely stupid and we just wanted to see the exhibits. We managed to slip past the guy supervising our...More

Thank Gareth P
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

I'm glad you enjoyed spying on us! Our goal is to educate guests about espionage in a unique and hands-on way. Our first two rooms, Covers and Legends and our briefing theatre, give guests an opportunity to learn about how identities are used in covert...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2016

Easily a full morning. Lots of interesting facts and artifacts as well as interactive exhibits. Will definitely go again. Can get a little crowded as the attraction is popular. Allow 3 -4 hours at least to really enjoy the musuemMore

Thank KPP191
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

Congrats on a successful mission! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. As you mentioned, we do generally recommend at least 2 hours to see the full exhibits. Tickets are good for the entire day once purchased so guests can enter and exit as much...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2016

This museum probably won't appeal to everyone, but it's been designed very thoughtfully and is fun to go through. There is much information in the displays, and you can easily spend a couple of hours here. It's fun to see actual spy gadgets spanning many...More

Thank Stuart R
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

Thank you for your thorough debrief. I'm glad you enjoyed your time at the museum! We have one of the world's largest collections of spy artifacts on display to the public, so there's certainly lots of history to explore! For younger agents visiting the museum,...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2016

it is a nice museum if you are a James Bond fan. Some nice information and lot of activities for kids around.More

Thank Anshuman P
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

I'm glad you enjoyed having a "Bond moment" with us! As you mentioned, our goal is to educate guests about espionage in a hands-on way that's accessible for the whole family. We also have one of the world's largest collections of real spy artifacts on...More

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jslaikjer
July 6, 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Hi JS, For General Admission, the tickets are good for the rest of the day, so it's not a problem if you arrive after the time stamp. For Operation Spy, however, those tickets are time-sensitive, and we ask all guests to be... More
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dolphinchicks
June 13, 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Hi Agent Dolphin Chicks, As others have mentioned here, we recommend arriving early in order to beat the crowds. I would also recommend buying your tickets online in advance, especially if you want to participate in... More
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Carole517
May 6, 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Thanks to all agents who responded. We generally recommend allowing 2 hours to visit the museum. Spy in the City is a separate mission from the museum and takes about 1 hour to complete. It is a GPS guided outdoor scavenger... More
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